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mermaid inn or 26 seats?

chundi Dec 7, 2006 04:16 PM

thinking about going to one of these places saturday night. i know they are pretty different, but both in the neighborhood. any thoughts on either? is mermaid inn stuffy at all? 26 seats looks interesting but i don't know much about it.


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    wrathofcannes Dec 8, 2006 02:55 PM

    Def. recommend Mermaid Inn. Never tried the other place...

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      emma Dec 8, 2006 02:27 PM

      anyone know if there has been a change of management/chef at 26 seats? i had a meal there several years ago that was fantastic and really impressive. sad to hear that is no longer the case.

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        mas Dec 7, 2006 07:00 PM

        i'd definitely choose mermaid inn.

        i've only been to 26 seats once. it's (as the name suggests) very small, but cozy. service is very friendly. the food is ok. i had a steak au poivre and the cut of meat itself wasn't that great. again, it's cozy and delightful......but the food isn't as good.

        mermaid? the front room i find cozy (though loud and very casual). the back room kinda sucks though. it reminds me of a "rec room" that we would have had growing up in wisconsin. fake brick or paneled walls, indoor/outdoor carpeting, drop ceiling. i don't remember if it actually has these details or not - but that's what i remember!

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          jth Dec 7, 2006 06:08 PM

          get a reservation for mermaid, it's booked very often

          1. wleatherette Dec 7, 2006 05:55 PM

            i really like the mermaid inn. it's definitely not stuffy, and in fact will probably be very lively on a saturday.
            i haven't tried 26 seats but recently met some friends for drinks after their dinner there. the report was not very favorable.

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              eeee Dec 7, 2006 04:45 PM

              Do you like seafood? because there's nothing else on the Mermaid Inn menu. I like it, though.

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                Lucia Dec 7, 2006 04:18 PM

                Mermaid Inn is not stuffy at all--it's very laid back. That would be my first choice as my last dinner at 26 seats was pretty mediocre.

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